The Agony Of Ballet Feet

Regular ballet slippers are no good for dancers’ feet, and pointe shoes? Forget it. “While they may run, jump, squat, leap and pivot like any NBA star, dancers do it without shock absorption, arch support or any foot-comfort features whatsoever.”

Why Did A Japanese Billionaire Decide To Spend $110 Million On A Basquiat?

Yusaku Maezawa has a collection of Basquiats, and a lot of other art, and plans to open a museum in Japan to showcase it all – and to lend art to other museums as well. “Mr. Maezawa — who does not work with an art adviser — said he was …

A New Literary Museum That – Maybe! – Doesn’t Just Recreate Inequities In U.S. History

In Chicago’s new American Writers Museum: “If the idea is to curate — to present to the world, in some official capacity, the Most Important People in American Literary History — then the battle is unwinnable. There’s no way we’re all ever going to agree. We see certain writers as canonical because we were …

When A Private Owner Of Looted Art Won’t Return An Artwork, It Goes Up For Auction

One of the heirs of the pre-Nazi-looting owners: “We brokered a compromise, which we signed. It is not really satisfactory, but it is acceptable. It was the best that we could achieve. Ideally, it would have been returned in total to our family. That wasn’t possible, so we settled for …

A Movie Theatre In Austin Adds A ‘Woman-Only’ Screening of Wonder Woman, And A Lot Of Guys Freak. Out.

Wow, did the Alamo Drafthouse stir up a hornets’ nest. But hey. “‘That providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right,’ creative manager Morgan Hendrix told the publication. ‘As a result, we will …

What Does Elena Ferrante Think About ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Being Adapted For The Screen?

In a Q&A with the author, a New York Times journalist gets to ask her many questions about the process of watching her book turn into TV. Ferrante: “No real person will ever match the image that I or a reader have in our minds. This is because the written …